Boston Firefighters given new schedules to curb sick-day abuse

The Boston Globe Photo Boston Fire Commissioner Finn

The Boston Globe Photo
Boston Fire Commissioner Finn

The Boston Globe

“Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn, in his first major initiative since taking the job in July, is moving to tighten the work schedules of the city’s 1,400 firefighters to eliminate rampant misuse of sick time and ripe-for-corruption swapping and selling of shifts.

Beginning Saturday, firefighters on the job will have a new work week that includes two full 24-hour shifts. They must submit requests for time off in the same way most other city workers are required. And they will be forbidden from banking swaps for the future, a standard practice that officials say has gone out of control.

The new plan could also be viewed as a boon for firefighters, who will have more days off in a row. But it also follows through on Finn’s pledge when he took on his new position to restructure management and bring greater accountability and cohesiveness to the department.  Full Story Continued>>>

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